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Odds on the next train at platform 4 is £1m better off

01.03.07: Step on a District line service now and the odds are it will be a new look train, refurbished by Metronet Rail to the tune of £1 million. Metronet has just revamped the 38th train out of the 75 strong fleet meaning there are now more...

Tube Lines

01.03.07: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the busiest lines on the London Underground, is taking the first step towards replacing the entire Piccadilly line fleet by inviting expressions of interest from manufacturers for supplying new trains. Under it...

Tube Lines orders new signalling system for the Piccadilly line

01.03.07: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the busiest lines on the London Underground, has awarded a £160m extension to the contract it has with Thales’s rail signalling solutions business (formerly of Alcatel) to provide a new signalling s...

Lanes on track with LUL

01.01.07: The Lanes Group, best known as drainage specialist Lanes for Drains, is a major name in both underground and overground rail sectors having begun LUL contracts 8 years ago through the Lanes Engineering and Construction division. The company...

Metronet Rail announces appointment of non-executive chairman.

01.01.07: Graham Pimlott (57) has become chairman of Metronet, succeeding Keith Clarke, who was chairman since April 2005. Graham has extensive board experience and has chaired organisations in the public and private sectors. He was a non-executive d...

MRO Software, an IBM Company case study: Tube Lines

01.01.07: Transport investment On 31 December 2002, Tube Lines assumed responsibility for the maintenance and upgrade of the entire infrastructure on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines as part of the largest improvement programme the Tube has eve...

New safety control solution to 'clear the air' in Heathrow loop

01.01.07: Transmitton, part of Siemens Transportation Systems, is to provide a new tunnel ventilation solution for the Heathrow section of the Piccadilly Line, as part of the Terminal 5 project. Transmitton, which has also supplied ventilation contro...

Record track renewal by Metronet

01.01.07: Metronet Rail's new engineering train fleet renewed over a kilometre of track over one weekend in December. This, for the first time, doubles what is typically achieved and sets a new record for a 52-hour possession on the Tube. The record...

Lighting the way

21.11.06: A brighter future, with reduced costs, and slashed maintenance bills. Is it possible? RTM finds out how the dream can become reality. The technology behind Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) was first developed in 1923. However, in its early stag...

A visible improvement below ground

01.11.06: Graffiti costs the London Underground millions of pounds every year, and surveys have shown that people feel safer in graffiti-free areas. The need to protect the walls of the tube is obvious to everyone. AquaTec has being working for sever...

Cooking up a recipe for the future

01.11.06: The old adage “too many cooks spoil the broth” does not always apply – and it certainly doesn’t apply to the London Underground. When you have just three or four hours each night to undertake a complete refurbishment...

Everything rosy in the Garden

01.11.06: An inside look at the Covent Garden congestion relief project Originally opened in 1907, Covent Garden station serves thousands of people a day, adding up to almost 17m passengers per year. They are attracted to Covent Garden as one of Lond...

Exacting Prefab Pile Cages for BSR Metro at Grange Hill

01.11.06: Steve Render, technical director of Romtech, tells RTM about an exciting recent project in the capital BSR Metros has completed a demanding series of works for London Underground at Grange Hill. During the Grange Hill project, BSR used...

New electric track trolley developed for Tubelines

01.11.06: In 2004, Consillia started working closely with Transplant, the plant hire division of Tubelines, to develop a new four-man electric motorised trolley and associated trailer system. The objective was to achieve a unit capable of transporting fou...

Trio of triumphs for Tube Lines

01.11.06: Tube Lines, the company charged with bringing the busiest lines on the London Underground up to speed, has scooped three awards in the space of 14 days. The first accolade, the 2006 Asset Management Award from the Institute of Engineering a...

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